Reviews of this Restaurant (8)
I have really enjoyed my excellent lunches and dinners at Legacy Cafe & Art Gallery in downtown Waco. Amazing vision and spirit. It's a brilliant concept, create an elegant, classy Manhattan art vibe--leather sofas, original art, wood floors, marble tabletops--and serve simple food and great coffee at super-reasonable prices. The staff is warm and wonderful. I had business meetings there today. A million times better than Starbucks, and a great addition to the revitalization of dear old downtown Waco. I am thrilled about Legacy Cafe and its community spirit. Great for a date, a business meeting, or a quiet corner to study. Live smooth jazz, great art!
I totally disagree with the previous two reviews. Legacy Cafe is a wonderful place to go for a relaxing inexpensive evening, a quick lunch, or a business meeting. The staff there is quite friendly, and has frequently customized my orders without complaint or issue. Also, I've had unsweeted to there on several occassions (it's how I prefer my tea). True, the lattes are instant, but they taste just as good (if not better) than the more traditional type. The bottomless coffee is great and fresh brewed all day long. I've never had their sandwiches but their pizza is quite tasty.
Beyond the food items, the ambiance of Legacy Cafe is what my wife and I have been craving since we moved to Waco from much larger metropolitan areas. LC has a since of culture to it that we've have really missed. Prior to going to LC, we settled with going to Common Ground. Common Grounds is a good coffee house, but for us non-Baylor affiliated beyond college individuals, LC is a better fit.
It's quite true that first impressions are important. My first, second, and now weekly impressions of LC have been nothing but positive.
P.S. The art gallery and live music is simply great. On any given day local artists drop by and ask if they can play.
My wife and I visited for lunch the other day. The place looks nice and the folks are friendly but that's where it stops. We ordered unsweetened tea. We were told they don't have any so my wife ordered water and the waitress said that they had green tea so I agreed to that. The drinks were brought out in the bottles they came in, the green tea was as sweet as hummingbird food. If I asked for unsweetened tea why would sweet green tea be an alternative. Plus, I see the coffee pots and what looks like Tazo teas behind the counter. Can you brew some of that then put it on ice? Moving on to the menu. There were a small selection of salads, caesar, chicken caesar, and house, and maybe one more. There was a small selection of sandwiches: ham and cheese, turkey club, and the rest I can't remember. They also offered pizzas. My wife ordered the ham and cheese and I ordered the Turkey club both came with chips. Both came served on a plain white hoagie with a small piece of lettuce, tomato, and onion, but completely dry. The Ham and Cheese was just that but the Turkey club was just turkey and cheese. When I think Club, I think bacon. We asked for dressings and were handed two packages each of mustard and mayonnaise. The sandwiches were standard convenience store quality, chewy bread, nothing special. At a convenience store you know what your getting because it's so cheap. These were $8.99 a plate (for the combo but I didn't see a non-combo offered.) While we were there a couple of ladies came in and had the same problem ordering their drinks as we did. They were brave enough to get up and leave. I wish we had done the same. It looks like they would like to be a coffee shop but reading the previous review, I'm not so sure. And they surely don't want you to eat there. I just don't know why you would attempt to run a restaurant in the South without being able to serve fresh brewed, non-bottled iced tea. You only get one chance at a first impression, they say. We won't be going back.
We stopped by Legacy Cafe for an evening cup of coffee on Saturday night. My wife and I each ordered a Latte and were disappointed to find that we were served a drink made from an instant powdered mix. I watched the "barista ???" tear open an envelop, pour in hot water and stir. An upscale coffee bar must provide real expresso based coffee drinks. I felt completely ripped off with what I was served.
I've been to Legacy Cafe & Art Gallery once for an evening meeting and just had a cup of hot tea, but today I went for lunch. The atmosphere is inviting, and the music is not overwhelming -- it's still easy to carry on a conversation. They have a room in the back to accommodate groups, but the main area of the cafe/gallery is plenty roomy.
I'm always in pursuit of a tasty, low-carb meal and would recommend the hot wings. (The hot sauce has zing but isn't too spicy.) The dish comes with chips, which my lunch companion gladly obliged to eat for me. I added a side salad, and it was also very good. As others have noted, Legacy Cafe offers bottomless coffee; they also have free syrups and a nice selection of sugar-free flavors.
I really like the atmosphere and feel of this restaurant, and love the fact that local art is dispersed throughout; however, I wish they would put more time/effort into their coffee. I feel that if you have the word, "cafe" in your restaurant name, you should be able to make espresso drinks.
I am giving a fair rating because the food was edible, however, it was probably just a notch above a meal at the hospital.
A friend and I went yesterday and the atmosphere is great, very pleasing and comfortable decor. The menu has a few sandwiches and pizzas, but I wasn't in the mood for those. I saw they had a 'comfort' food listing of a 4 veggie plate or veggie, rice and grilled chicken breast and I and my friend both ordered that. Mistake. The plate came out with corn and mixed veggies(which has more corn in it)both of these were obviously from a frozen bag(cause I have made them myself @ home). The chicken looked and tasted like the kind I pick up at Sams Club to use for a quick chicken ceasar salad and the rice was the same taste and consistency as rice-a-roni without the vermicelli bits.
The tea was good and my friend said her coffee was the best part of the meal. Neither one of us finished our food.
I will go back, just to see if the pizza or sandwiches are an improvement, if not.....well, adios....I don't wait for the 3rd strike.
I heard about Legacy Cafe through friends and was excited about the possibility of having a coffee in the downtown area. While I loved Common Grounds as a Baylor student, I don't feel hip or young enough for it. And it's somewhat pricy if you ask me. With that being said, I had high hopes for Legacy. And the first time my expectations were met. The high top tables and chairs give it fun, classy feel. The art on the wall is all local artists (which you can buy if you wish). I'm not an art snob, so I don't appreciate all of it as some would. Nevertheless, the staff was friendly and glad for service. I had their Banana Banana Smoothie and found it to be quite tasty.
The second time I visited, I actually had the pizza combo (approx $5 for 2 slices, chips, & coke). I was disappointed the coke was in a 16oz bottle but went with it anyway. The pizza honestly tasted like the frozen kind - not a fan. But I do admit going since then and have seen more appetizing pizzas available. My friend got the hamburger combo and was very pleased with his choice. Maybe it was just me.
I really want to like this place and the fact it's open late is enticing. The third time I had some of their bottomless coffee. HUGE cups make it fun, and you can add your own amount of syrups to change the flavor.
Overall, I gave it four stars because I feel like they are trying. The only time I saw it really busy was on a Saturday night, but usually it's pretty dead. The nice thing is that it's mostly quiet and each table has a wall plug for laptops. So even if you aren't the biggest coffee fan, try it anyway for the atmosphere, art, and free wifi!
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